Thursday 13: Most Favorite Paranormal Movies by Carmen Stefanescu
13 Most Favorite Paranormal Movies
by Carmen Stefanescu
December 3, 2015My favorite genre, both reading and writing, is paranormal. No vampires, though I live in Dracula’s country, Romania. I prefer ghosts, reincarnation, past life regression, mediums, characters with psychic abilities and everything connected to these. I’ve always been fascinated by paranormal phenomena and I read everything either fiction, or articles in magazines on this subject. It goes without saying that movies on these topics are my favorites, too.
Here’s a list of 13 movies that involve phenomena I described above that I saw and I enjoyed:
- The Shining – A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
- Ghost – After an accident leaves a young man dead, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
- The Sixth Sense – A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
- Ghost Whisperer – a woman who inherited the gift to talk with the spirits of dead people.
- The Eye – A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.
- Thir13en Ghosts – When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!
- Don’t Look Now – A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
- Ghost Stories for Christmas a series of ghost stories all based on stories by M.R. James.
- Chances Are Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie’s daughter, Miranda, together.
- Hereafter – A drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.
- What Dreams May Come – After dying in a car crash a man searches the afterlife for his wife.
- The Others – A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
- Defending Your Life – In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.
Hopefully, one day soon, Shadows of the Past, my paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror will get noticed by a movie director and will be screened and added on such a list.
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.
She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.
Shadows of the Past, paranormal/light romance/light mystery/light horror was released at the end of 2012 by Wild Child publishing, USA.
Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?
A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.
The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.